Winter Sports: What to Do During Downtime
A great thing about planning sports tournaments at the beach is, well, the beach.
It’s spectacular, no doubt about it. But when you’re hosting a winter event, you may wonder if there are enough other things for folks to do. No worries! Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are perfect destinations all year, with plenty of attractions and activities to keep your athletes and spectators entertained.
Gulf State Park
One of the most popular attractions is Gulf State Park with three miles of beaches, 28 miles of paved walking and biking trails, the Gulf of Mexico fishing pier, beach pavilion, Interpretive Nature Center and more. You can even rent kayaks and paddleboards and enjoy guided Segway tours!
With mild winter temperatures, it’s a great time to get out on the golf course. The courses that are part of Honours Golf make it easy: Craft Farms Golf Resort (with two courses), Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club, and Rock Creek all boast exceptional golfing. Book your tee time at 866-HONOURS. Kiva Dunes Golf Club, an 18-hole premier course set on the water, is another tremendously popular course; call 251-540-7000 for tee times.
Reel Surprise Charters at SanRoc Cay
Fishing is also great any time of year, so call 800-806-7889 to book a four- or six-hour trip with these seasoned captains. They can personalize trips to meet the needs of your sports teams.
Large groups can find plenty to keep them entertained at The Wharf, located where the Foley Beach Expressway and Canal Road meet in Orange Beach. The Wharf offers shopping galore as well as a number of dining options. Plus, there’s an arcade, movie theater, Ferris wheel and more.
Academy Sports & Outdoors
Need last-minute sports gear? Hit up Academy Sports + Outdoors in Foley. A premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle store, Academy offers a broad assortment of hunting, fishing and camping equipment and gear along with sports and leisure products, footwear, apparel and much more.
Tanger Outlet Center
Just down from Academy in Foley are the 120+ brand-name and designer stores that make up Tanger Outlet Center. Stores include Michael Kors, J.Crew, Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, Kate Spade, Yankee Candle, Levi’s, Nike Factory Store and many more.